Infobox Town AT
image_caption=View of Linz from the Pöstlingberg mountain
district = Statutory city
population_as_of = 01.01.2006
area = 96.048
elevation = 266
postal_code = 4010, 402x, 4030, 404x
licence = L
mayor = Franz Dobusch (
SPÖ)|list_of_mayors=List of mayors of Linz
website = [http://www.linz.at www.linz.at]
Linz is the third largest city of Austria and capital of the state of
Upper Austria( _de. Oberösterreich).
It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 km south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river
Danube, the longest river of the European Union and the longest river in Europe after the Volga.
The population of the city itself is 189,343 (2007), and 271,000 in the Greater Linz
The city was founded by the Romans, who called it "Lentia", but there was already a
Celtic settlement called "Lentos", and was first noted in 799 AD.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.aboutaustria.org/capitals/linz.htm |title=Linz City Travel Guide |publisher=About Austria |accessdate=2008-04-15] It was a provincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, and an important trading point connecting several routes, on either side of the river Danubefrom the East to the West and Bohemiaand Polandfrom north to the Balkansand Italy to the south. Being the city where the Habsburg EmperorFriedrich III spent his last years, it was, for a short period of time, the most important city in the empire.cite web |first=Darryl |last=Lundy |url=http://www.thepeerage.com/p11357.htm#i113570 |title=A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe |publisher=The Peerage |accessdate=2008-04-15] It lost its status to Viennaand Pragueafter the death of the Emperor in 1493.One important inhabitant of the city was Johannes Kepler, who spent several years of his life in the city studying mathematics. He discovered, on May 15, 1618, the distance-cubed-over-time-squared — or 'third' — law of planetary motion. Kepler is the namesake of the local public university. Another famous citizen was Anton Bruckner, who spent the years between 1855 and 1868 working as a local composer and church organist in the city. The local concert hall "Brucknerhaus" and a local private music and arts university are named after him. Adolf Hitlerwas born in the border town of Braunau am Innbut moved to Linz in his childhood, spending most of his youth there. Hitler's parents are buried in the town of Leonding, near Linz. Hitler was enrolled in the Realschule [school] , as was the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Hitler had extensive architectural plans for Linz, and wanted to it to be the main cultural centre of the Third Reich. The Rathaus on the Hauptplatz (the Town Hall on the Main square) was used by Hitler to proclaim the Grossdeutsches Reich during the Anschlussof 1938. In order to make the city economically vibrant Hitler initiated a major industrialization of Linz shortly before, and during, World War II. Many factories were dismantled in the newly-acquired Czechoslovakia, and then reassembled in Linz. One in particular came to be know as the Hermann-Göring-Werke, and still exists today as the voestalpinesteel company. Linz grew to become a major industrial area; manufacturing chemicals and steel for the Nazi war machine. The Mauthausen-Gusen, located near Linz, were the last Nazi concentration campsto be liberated by the Allies. While in operation, they were the source of quarrying for stone for Hitler's prestige projects across the Reich. The main camp in Mauthausenis just 15.6 miles (25km) away from Linz.
After the war, the river
Danubethat runs through Linz — from the eastern side to the northern side — which separates the Urfahr district in the north from the rest of Linz — served as the border between the Russian and American occupation troops. The Nibelungenbridge that spans the Danuberiver from the Hauptplatz (main square) was at that time Linz's version of Checkpoint Charlie. The Nibelungen Brücke with the two bridge head buildings is the only architectural plan Hitler ever carried out in Linz.
The agglomeration includes (parts of) 13 other municipalities with together 271,000 inhabitants. Linz is also part of the Linz-Wels-Steyr
metropolitan areaof Upper Austria, home to around one third of the state's population (460,000 people) and second-largest urban area in Austria. [ [http://www.statistik.at/blickgem/blick1/g40101.pdf City of Linz Website ] statistik.at - Retrieved 31 October 2007] [ [http://www.linz.at/zahlen/040%5FBevoelkerung/040%5FHauptwohnsitzbevoelkerung/ Population] linz.at/zahlen - Retrieved 31 October 2007]
Linz is divided into 9 districts and 36 statistical quarters. They are:
#Innenstadt: Altstadtviertel, Rathausviertel, Kaplanhofviertel, Neustadtviertel, Volksgartenviertel, Römerberg-Margarethen
#Waldegg: Freinberg, Froschberg, Keferfeld, Bindermichl, Spallerhof, Wankmüllerhofviertel, Andreas-Hofer-Platz-Viertel
#Lustenau: Makartviertel, Franckviertel, Hafenviertel
#Kleinmünchen: Kleinmünchen, Neue Welt, Scharlinz, Bergern, Neue Heimat, Wegscheid, Schörgenhub
#Urfahr: Alt-Urfahr, Heilham, Hartmayrsiedlung, Harbachsiedlung, Karlhofsiedlung, Auberg
#St. Magdalena: St. Magdalena, Katzbach, Elmberg
Linz is an industrial city. The
Voestalpine AGis a large steel concern (founded as the " Hermann GöringWerke" during World War II), and which is known for the LD- ("Linz-Donawitz") procedure for the production of steel, and the former "Chemie Linz" chemical group, which has been split up into several companies. This has made Linz one of Austria's most important economic centres. Linz is also the home of PEZ— makers of peppermint candy.
Linz also serves as an important transportation hub for the region of both Upper Austria and, to a lesser degree, southern
Bohemia. The "Blue Danube" Linz Airportlies about 6.25 miles (10km) southwest of the town centre. Direct flights include Frankfurt, Zürichand Viennawith additional seasonal routes added during the summer and winter months. Ryanairfly to London Stansted Airport.
The city lies on Austria's main rail axis, the so-called "Westbahn", linking Vienna with western Austria, Germany and Switzerland. There are also varying types of river transport on the
Danube; from industrial barges to tourist cruise ships.
The main street "Landstraße" leads from the "Blumauerplatz" to the main square. In the middle of this square the high "Pestsäule" ("
plague column", also known as "Dreifaltigkeitssäule" (Dreifaltigkeit means Holy Trinity)) was built to remember the people who died in the plague epidemics. [ [http://members.liwest.at/idv/impress/anim/dreifaltigkeitssaeule.jpgThe Plague Column] liwest.at - Retrieved 31 October 2007] [ [http://www.linz.at/aktuell/presse/images/990601.jpgThe top of the column] linz.at - Retrieved 31 October 2007]
Near the castle, which is located on the same site as the old Roman fortress Lentia was once built — and also being the former seat of Friedrich the III — the oldest Austrian church is located: Sankt/Saint Martins church. It was built during early medieval
Carolingiantimes.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.linz.at/english/Tourism/1146.asp |title=St. Martin's Church, Linz (in English) |publisher=Linz City Tourist Board |accessdate=2008-04-06]
Other sights include:
* St. Mary's Cathedral (Mariendom), Roman Catholic.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dioezese-linz.at/redaktion/index.php?page_new=2500 |title=Mariendom (New Cathedral in Linz) |publisher=Mariendom |accessdate=2008-04-06] , in Gothic-Revival style
Pöstlingberg-Kirche: is situated at the hill Pöstlingberg
Brucknerhaus— the concert hall named after the composer Anton Bruckner, who was born in Ansfelden, a small town next to Linz. [ [http://www.andreas-praefcke.de/carthalia/austria/images/a_linz_brucknerhaus.jpgBrucknerhaus] andreas-praefcke.de - Retrieved 31 October 2007]
* Gugl Stadium, is home to the LASK (Linzer Athletik Sport Klub), which is claimed to be the third oldest soccer club in Austria.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://lask.at/content/lask/home/startseite/index_ger.html |title=LASK |publisher=LASK |accessdate=2008-04-06]
* The Linzer Landestheatercite web |author=
George Tabori|url=http://www.landestheater-linz.at/490_DE-Stuecke-Stueckinfo.htm?stueckid=173 |title=Mein Kampf: Farce in fünf Akten |language=German|publisher=Landestheater |accessdate=2008-04-06] is the theater Adolf Hitler and his friend August Kubizek always went to, to hear Wagner.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.landestheater-linz.at/257_DE |title=Die Spielzeit 2007/2008 |publisher= Landestheater |accessdate=2008-04-06]
The city is now home to a vibrant music and arts scene that is well-funded by the city and the state of Upper Austria. Between the
Lentos Art Museumand the "Brucknerhaus", is the "Donaulände", which is also referred to as "Kulturmeile" ("culture mile"). This is a park alongside the river, which is used mainly by young people to relax and meet in summer. It is also used for the Ars Electronica Festival and the "Linz Fest". [ [http://www.lentos.at/de/ The Lentos homepage] lentos.at - Retrieved 10 November 2007 ] Linz has other culture institutions, such as the Posthof, which is near the harbour,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.posthof.at/ |title=Welcome Posthof 04 2008 |publisher=Posthof |accessdate=2008-04-06] and the Stadtwerkstatt, which is by the Danube river.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.servus.at/stwst/ |title=Stadtwerkstadt |publisher=Stadtwerkstadt |accessdate=2008-04-06] Linz will become the European Capital of Culturein 2009.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.linz09.at/en/index.html |title=European Capital of Culture |publisher=Linz Tourist Board |accessdate=2008-04-06]
Lentos: Recently built (2003) was the new modern art gallery called "Lentos", presenting art of the 20th and 21st century. It is situated on the south banks of the river Danube. The building can be illuminated at night from the inside with blue, pink, red, and violet, due to its glass casing.
Ars Electronica Center(AEC) is a museum and research facility on the north bank of the Danube (in the Urfahr district), across the river from the Hauptplatz (main square). The AEC is a significant world center for new media arts, attracting a large gathering of technologically-oriented artists every year for the Ars Electronicafestival. The AEC museum is home to one of the few public 3D CAVEs in Europe.
Brucknerhaus, the most important concert hall in Linz is named after Anton Bruckner. It is situated just some 200 meters away from the "Lentos". It is home to the "Bruckner Orchestra", and is frequently used for concerts, as well as Balls and other events. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartwrote his "Symphony No. 36" (1783) in Linz for a concert to be given there, and the work is known today as the "Linz Symphony". The first version of Anton Bruckner's "Symphony No. 1 in C minor" is known as the Linz version.
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, Linz will be the European Capital of Culturein 2009.
Colleges and universities
*The Johannes Kepler University is situated in the north-east of Linz, and hosts law, business, social sciences, engineering, and science faculties; currently about 11,000 students are enrolled. A spin-off of the university, as well as a "
Fachhochschule" for various computer-related studies, (polytechnic) is located 20 miles north of Linz in the small town of Hagenberg im Mühlkreis. Linz hosts also three other universities:
University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, public, for arts and industrial design (approx. 800 students)
Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama, and Dance(private) for music (approx. 800 students)
Catholic-Theological Private University Linz(private) for Catholic theology (approx. 400 students), which has been a Papalfaculty since 1978.
Amongst the many "Gymnasien" (
high schools) in Linz, is Linz International School Auhof (LISA), which is one of four IB ( International Baccalaureate) schools in Austria, and uses English as main language for instruction.
Born in Linz
Mary Anne of Austria(1683-1754), Queen consort of Portugal
Alois Riegl(1858-1905) art historian
Hermann Bahr(1863-1934) writer, playwright, director, and critic
* Frederic "Fritz" Austerlitz (1868) father of
Fred Astairecite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.germanhollywood.com/astaire.html#pop4 |title=Fred Astaire (1899-1987) aka Frederick Austerlitz |publisher=Hyde Flippo |accessdate=2008-08-24]
Richard Tauber(1891-1948) tenor
Valie Export(born 1940) artist
Herwig van Staa(born 1942) former governor of Tyrol
Frank Elstner(born 1942) presenter on German television
Helmut Wiesinger(born 1952) actor, author and stage director.
Anton Koschany(born 1953) news producer
Elisabeth Theurer(born 1956) horse rider
Franz Welser-Möst(born 1960) music director, The Cleveland Orchestraand the Zürich] Opera House] , designated music director of the Vienna State Opera
Vera Lischka(born 1977) breaststroke swimmer and politician
Birgit Minichmayr(born 1977) actress
Thomas Marban(born 1979) entrepreneur
Sybille Bammer(born 1980) tennis player
Marco Krainer(born 1981) Austrian specialty and TV chef with connections to the United States
Living in Linz:
Andrew Edge(born in Leeds, England) musician.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.andrewedge.com/ |title=Andrew Edge |publisher=Andrew Edge |accessdate=2008-04-06]
Doug Hammond(born in Tampa, Florida, 1942) musician.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.doughammond.org/ |title=Doug Hammond biog |publisher=Doug Hammond |accessdate=2008-04-06]
* Klaus von Pervulesko (born in
Innsbruck, 1945) actor.cite web |first=Balduin |last=Sulzer |language=German |url=http://www.ooejo.eduhi.at/Freiberufliches/Das%20musikalische%20Nashorn/Das%20musikalische%20Nashorn.htm |title=Das musikalische Nashorn |publisher=Gerhard Brössner |accessdate=2008-04-06]
Linz is twinned with:
* Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany, since 1995
České Budějovice, Czech Republic, since 1987
Chengdu, China, since 1983
Gabès, Tunisia, since 1977
* Halle, Germany, since 1975
* Kansas City, United States, since 1988
Gwangyang, South Korea, since 1991
Linköping, Sweden, since 1995
Linz am Rhein, Germany, since 1987
Modena, Italy, since 1992
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, since 1993
Norrköping, Sweden, since 1995
San Carlos, Nicaragua, since 1988
Ukraine, since 1983
Tampere, Finland, since 1995
*Kimberley Cornish: "The Jew of Linz", 1998. ISBN 0-7126-7935-9
*Satchell, Tim. "Astaire, The Biography." Hutchinson, London. 1987. ISBN 0-09-173736-2
List of mayors of Linz
* LinzGenesis and Museum of the History of Dentistry in Upper Austria [http://www.nordico.at/genesis/genesis.html]
* StifterHaus [http://www.stifterhaus.at/]
* Landesgalerie (Provincial gallery) [http://www.landesgalerie.at/]
* Nordico - Museum of the City of Linz [http://www.nordico.at/]
* The O.K Center for Contemporary Art [http://www.ok-centrum.at]
* [http://www.linz.at/ Linz web site] de icon
* [http://www.linz1.at/ Linz] Picture tour through Linz
* [http://www.linz.at/zahlen/010%5FStadtgebiet/ Data about the city] de icon
* [http://www.foto360.at/poestlingberg,166#viewer 360° Panoramic Photos from Linz]
* [http://www.khs-linz.ac.at University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz]
* [http://www.bruckneruni.at Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama, and Dance] de icon
* [http://www.ktu-linz.ac.at Catholic-Theological Private University Linz] de icon
* [http://www.linz09.at Official homepage of Linz — The Capital of Culture 2009]
* [http://www.linz09.info/ec Independent Platform of Linz — European Capital of Culture 2009]
* [http://haardt.net/linz.htm Comprehensive independent travel guide to Linz written by a local]
* [http://www.auhof.eduhi.at/lisa/index.html LISA — Linz International School Auhof]
* [http://www.aec.at Ars Electronica Centre]
* [http://www.lentos.at Lentos Art Museum]
* [http://www.brucknerhaus.at Brucknerhaus concert hall]
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